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Around the AFC West

2/3/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Denver

Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen calls Shannon Sharpe's omission from the Hall of Fame a "slap in the face."

My take: I was surprised that Sharpe didn't get elected in his first try. He was a game changer amongst tight ends and he won three Super Bowls. Bowlen's reaction is no surprise. It has long bothered him that the Broncos are not well represented in the Hall of Fame. Only two Denver players, John Elway (2004) and Gary Zimmerman (2008), have been elected into the Hall of Fame.

Kansas City

Will Leslie Frazier decline a chance to interview for the Chiefs' head coaching job?

My take: There have been reports that some minority candidates have declined chances to interview for the job because it is expected that Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley is a slam dunk for the job. The problem for the Chiefs is they have to interview at least one minority candidate because of the Rooney Rule.

Oakland

Another Tom Cable to-be-hired soon story.

My take: By all accounts, Oakland will end the charade and officially name Cable the head coach this week. Interestingly, this story points out that Raiders' owner Al Davis wanted to wait to hire his coach in an attempt to improve the assistant coaching staff because he wasn't happy with the staffs of the last two Oakland coaches. Of course, Cable was part of Lane Kiffin's staff so I'm not sure what this all means.